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Newsletter #33 for July 12, 2011


Event Identifies Water Pressures Industry Must Solve Together

An international industry summit has posed 10 recommendations to address pressures on the water sector from policy, innovation and the public. These forward-thinking recommendations are relevant to all areas of the industry, including small systems.

1. Oil the wheels of innovation by creating policies that promote investment in new technologies to reduce costs, improve efficiency and drive new revenue streams
2. Collaborate with technology partners to determine the most cost-effective, creative solutions
3. Allow for additional investment in water by utilizing technology to improve revenue collection and detection of non-revenue water
4. Ensure the price of water reflects its true value
5. Engage multiple stakeholders in designing transparent processes for mitigating policy pressures
6. Create the political environment that facilitates the implementation of difficult but necessary water policies
7. Don't underestimate community support for tough water policies
8. Communicate how water is a critical resource by having strong leaders deliver messages in the right format with the appropriate level of language
9. Remember that changing public perception is an important first step for technology adoption
Educate the public, particularly youth, about the close links between water and health and the impact of water on energy and food


Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater Out of the Public’s Water

A new report from the US Environmental Protection Agency answers commonly asked questions about combined sewer overflows. Combined sewer system are remnants of the country's early infrastructure and so are typically found in older communities. Combined sewer systems serve roughly 772 communities containing about 40 million people. Most communities with combined sewer systems are located in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions, and the Pacific Northwest.


Weekly Reading for July 12, 2011

Each week we'll provide a collection of our favorite links we know you'll love too!

1. Source Water Webinar: Stormwater Management and Source Water Protection - The Ground Water Protection Council to host free webinar TODAY at 2pm central. If you cannot attend, its often best to register anyway in the event the host provides the presentation materials.
2. Uncovered water - Media raises questions about uncovered reservoirs in light of incident where a man urinated in the water.
3. Experts expect more Missouri River levee failures - Rural areas at even higher risk due to lack of maintenance and upgrades to levees.
4. NRWA Offers Pre-Development Loans for Small Systems - Public entities serving 10,000 or fewer customers are eligible to apply for loans to support short term pre-development costs associated with larger projects.
5. Rural Arizona community dealing with limited resources, infrastructure - Annexed community still lacks basic water and wastewater services promised by the city.
6. Iowa governor honors industry workers - On July 28, Gov. Branstad of Iowa will sign a proclamation recognizing Iowa's water and wastewater operators for their dedication and passion.


New Feature: Tribal Resources

Over the past several months, SmallWaterSupply.org staff have ramped up efforts to complete a new Tribal Resources content area on the site. We are pleased to let you know this area is now live! The flagship of this project is a helpful contact manager that lists all of the national, state and regional groups that serve tribal water and wastewater systems and their operators.


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